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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2014

Reflections on Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 105

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/reflections-mountain-connect-rural-broadband-conference-community-broadband-bits-podcast-105

With so many people on vacation this week for Independence Day, we decided to take it easy and reflect on my trip to Colorado to discuss rural broadband at the Mountain Connect conference. Lisa and I reflect on the event and what other states can learn from Colorado. Though the Colorado legislature previously bowed to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2014

Chanute City Commission Approves FTTH Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chanute-city-commission-approves-ftth-plan

Chanute City Commission decided on June 9th to take the next step to bring ftth to the community; Commissioners voted unanimously to pursue and finalize funding to deploy a municipal network. The City’s current fiber network provides connectivity to schools, hospitals, electric utility and municipal facilities, the local college, and several businesses. Chanute has worked… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2014

Get a Gig in Oklahoma: Rural Cooperative Deploying FTTH in Northeast Corner of the State

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/get-gig-oklahoma-rural-cooperative-deploying-ftth-northeast-corner-state

The Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, serving a five county rural region, plans to begin offering gigabit service in its territory by the end of 2014. The cooperative has formed Bolt Fiber Optic Services to offer connectivity to approximately 32,000 homes and businesses. According to Light Reading, the infrastructure is funded with a $90 million loan from… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2014

Plan for FTTH in Chanute Looking Positive in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/plan-ftth-chanute-looking-positive-kansas

Chanute has been exploring available options for a citywide FTTH network. In addition to offering residential service, city leaders want to expand the business use of its municipal fiber network. A limited number of businesses currently join schools, government, and utilities on the fiber infrastructure. The community incrementally built a fiber network to serve government,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2014

Princeton Voters Want to Bring FTTH to Their Rural Massachusetts Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/princeton-voters-want-bring-ftth-their-rural-massachusetts-community

On May 13, Princeton voters decided to continue their municipal network planning. At the annual town meeting, 91.4% of voters passed Article 4 [PDF], authorizing a new Municipal Light Plant. A year ago, voters approved a measure to proceed with planning. Princeton, a community of 3,300 residents and 1,270 households, has DSL access available to approximately 49% of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

In Kansas, Chanute Explores FTTH Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kansas-chanute-explores-ftth-options

Last December, we reported on Chanute’s decision to move forward with plans for a FTTH network. The community has a fiber and wireless network in place that serves utilities, public facilities such as libraries and schools, and several businesses. The network also provides free Wi-Fi across the community. As we discussed in our 2012 case study,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2014

Catching Up with the RS Fiber Coop in Minnesota – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #99

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/catching-rs-fiber-coop-minnesota-community-broadband-bits-podcast-99

In the nearly two years since we launched this podcast with an interview from Minnesota’s rural Sibley County, the project has evolved significantly but the need for better Internet access remains a constant. Today, we interview Coop Vice-Chair Cindy Gerholz and Winthrop Town Manager Mark Erickson to get an update on the fiber-to-the-farm project. The… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2014

2014 Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference: Visit Colorado June 8 – 10

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/2014-mountain-connect-rural-broadband-conference-visit-colorado-june-8-10

If you can make it to Vail in early June, you can enjoy more than the summer mountains. The Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference is scheduled for June 8, 9, and 10 at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. From the conference website: This year our conference theme is “Progress through Education” and it’s our… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2014

Rural Colorado’s Cortez Fiber Network Serves Region – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #98

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-colorados-cortez-fiber-network-serves-region-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode

Located in rural southwest Colorado, Cortez is just 20 miles from the famous four corners of the US southwest. When incumbents were either unwilling or unable to provide modern services in the region, Cortez stepped up with a plan. This week, Cortez General Services Director Rick Smith joins us to share how they incrementally built… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 7, 2014

Multiple Minnesota Projects Submit “Expressions of Interest” to FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/multiple-minnesota-projects-submit-expressions-interest-fcc

We reported in February that the FCC sought “expressions of interest” from entities that want a share of Connect America funds. The agency sought feedback on the need and desire for projects across the country from entities that have not traditionally received universal service funds. The FCC received over 1,000 expressions of interest. Minnesota leads… Continue reading